- On Wednesday the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) raised the need to identify whether alll the deaths of drug suspects under police operations are "lawful" or are deaths which need criminal proceedings to be filed
- As of August 21, Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa noted that 712 drug suspects have been killed under police operations as part of President Rodrigo Duterte's anti-drug campaign
- The issue was brought up following the incident in Pasay City where a suspect who was surrendering was shot to death by the police
All the drug suspects who were killed during police buy-bust police operations must be verified if their deaths were “lawful” according to the Commission on Human Rights (CHR).
There are about 712 casualties under police operations recorded since President Rodrigo Duterte assumed office six weeks ago. About 1,067 others were slain outside police operations
Following a recent incident where a drug suspect in Pasay City was reportedly shot multiple times to death while he was surrendering, the CHR has raised the issue on Wednesday, August 24.
Jose Luis “Chito” Gascon, CHR chairman mentioned the Pasay incident that transpired the other day during the organization’s budget briefing.
“Sinabi na susuko na at biglang ‘yung mga humahabol sa kanya, sinabi pang may tama na. Ang sunod na eksena ay blaster of gun shots,” he said.
(He was surrendering and suddenly those who were running after him said he was already wounded. What came next was blaster of gunshots.)
Last Tuesday, sidecar driver and drug suspect Eric Sison was killed at around 1:35 am in Pasay City. The person of interest was reportedly shot by the police even he was already turning himself in. The incident was captured and recorded by a concerned citizen.
Meanwhile, the Philippine National Police (PNP) is investigating the said incident.
“Kung ito po ay death during police operations at ang sasabihin muli ay nanlaban, ilan po sa mahigit na 700 na napatay under police operations ay ganitong eksena na sinabing nanlaban pero hindi?” Gascon interrogated.
(If the incident will be considered death during police operations and they will again claim that the suspect tried to fight, how many among the 700 death cases under police operations have the same scene and made it appear like the suspects have resisted but did not?)
Gacson hopes to look more deeply and determine whether these deaths are lawful or deaths which need criminal proceedings to be filed, with respect to vigilante killings and deaths under police operations. - Kami Media